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Letter: Chief thanks community for supporting firefighters

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As fire chief, I, along with the other members of the Roswell Fire Department, would like to express our sincere appreciation to our fellow citizens and local businesses and organizations that have reached out and made special efforts to financially assist some of our firefighters in recent times of great need. Our community has reacted with tremendous concern and love for our firefighters and this department as a whole, and for that we are extremely thankful.

Our thanks and appreciation go out to all the citizens who have donated to the various funds that were created and fundraising efforts that have been held in response to the June 5 fireworks explosion that injured firefighters Jeff Stroble and Hoby Bonham. A big thank you to all the businesses and organizations that have stepped up to organize special efforts to contribute, raise and collect funds to benefit these injured firefighters. Jeff and Hoby remain hospitalized with a long road to recovery still remaining, but are improving every day. I ask that everyone keeps them both in their thoughts and prayers.

Thanks and appreciation also go out to the citizens, businesses and organizations that have been involved in fundraising for firefighter Cory Mealand, who recently had successful surgery in Phoenix for a brain tumor that was discovered last month. Cory returned home to Roswell on June 12 and has returned to work on light duty.

The prayers, monetary contributions and other efforts that have been made by our community demonstrate the overflowing compassion of our fellow citizens. These contributions and efforts will greatly help these firefighters and their families with the medical-related expenses that come with dealing with situations such as what they are experiencing.

Again, from myself and all of us at the Roswell Fire Department, please accept our sincerest gratitude.

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Devin Graham
Fire Chief, City of Roswell